TapiovaaraIlmari

Biography

1914-1999

Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914 - 1999) with his fellow Finn, Alvar Aalto, is amongst the greats of Nordic designers of the mid-twentieth cen- tury. His education in design included stints with Finmar Ltd's London offices in 1937 before working for two months at le Corbusi- er's offices during that autumn. His outlook, like that of Aalto, was very much Anglo-American, which was reinforced in the 1950's when he taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago; presumably a result of his involvement in the 1947/1948 "Competi- tion for Low-Cost Furniture Design" at MOMA in New York.

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